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A guide to cybersecurity laws and regulation in the UK

If you have any questions on the regulation of cybersecurity in the UK, then the England & Wales chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide for Cybersecurity in 2023, which we authored, will be a useful resource.

The chapter is an ideal starting point covering the various cybersecurity-related laws that apply in England & Wales (from the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 to the Computer Misuse Act 1990) to cybercrime offences (including hacking, denial-of-service, phishing, identity theft and electronic theft) and measures that can be taken (or in some cases are required) to prevent cyberattacks.

In addition, we cover specific sector requirements in the cybersecurity context; corporate governance requirements; and requirements for measures such as incident response plans, cyber risk assessments or penetration tests. Finally we set out potential penalties for non-compliance and potential heads of litigation. There is certainly a lot to think about and we hope this brief, but broad overview is helpful.

The England & Wales International Comparative Legal Guide for Cybersecurity in 2023 is FREE to access here.


data protection, cybersecurity, gdpr